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Civil mobilisation order put into force

Teachers vote in favour of strike during school-leaving exams

A civil mobilisation order issued by the government was put into force at noon on Wednesday, while the heads of the regional and executive committees were meeting to finalise a decision to hold a strike during the school-leaving exams. The vast majority of regional secondary school teacher unions on Tuesday night voted in favour of the strike

A civil mobilisation order for teachers was put into force at noon on Wednesday, just hours after regional secondary teacher unions (Elme) voted in favour of holding a strike during the school-leaving exams.

The heads of the regional and executive committees are holding a meeting on Wednesday to finalise a decision to hold a 24-hour strike on the first day of the exams, Friday, and a rolling five-day strike next week, from May 20 to 25.

Some 86,000 civil mobilisation orders were issued to secondary school teachers on Tuesday, after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras signed the relevant documents on Saturday. Teachers face prosecution if they disobey the order.

The vast majority of teachers attending the Elme meetings on Tuesday voted for the strike, with the percentage of those in favour being as high as 95%. Turnout at the meetings was much higher than expected, Olme said. According to the state-run AMNA news agency, out of the 88,000 highschool teachers, 11,000 participated in the vote.

The federation of primary school teachers (Doe) has come out in support of Olme, expressing solidarity with secondary school teachers.

Tensions have risen between Olme and major public sector union Adedy, after the latter decided not to call a strike on the first day of the exams as Olme had requested. Adedy called a 24-hour strike on Tuesday instead, arguing that a Friday strike could have impeded the smooth conduct of the exams. Olme, which did not participate in Tuesday's strike, released a statement in which it accuses Adedy of helping the government.

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